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Lisa C. Brown CONTACT       Direct: 503.721.2628 Main: 503.248.1134 lbrown@bullardlaw.com VCard PDF Profile

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Lisa Brown enjoys a close working relationship with her clients.  She appreciates the opportunity to get to know her clients’ businesses so she can provide relevant advice relating to their employment practices.  Having worn the hats of litigator, arbitrator and mediator for many years, Lisa is passionate about sharing the lessons learned from her past cases with her current clients, hoping to help them avoid being sued by their employees.
 
Lisa’s practice currently focuses on employment law, primarily defending and advising employers in federal and state court involving wrongful discharge, breach of contract, family medical leave, Title VII, disability discrimination, the ADEA, sexual harassment, employment torts, discrimination and retaliation.  Practice also involves advising health care professionals on business practices and confidentiality issues; defending professional negligence claims against attorneys, reviewing and drafting employment contracts; advising on noncompete agreements; drafting independent contractor agreements, and reviewing employee handbooks, as well as defending claims involving professional negligence representing attorneys.  Prior experience includes insurance defense, domestic relations, personal injury for both plaintiff and insurance companies, review of commercial leases, as well as commercial litigation involving business disputes, real property, and patent and trademark litigation.
 
Lisa’s clients also value her cost-effective approach to providing advice and training.  Lisa frequently conducts private trainings for her clients as well as public trainings for various organizations and Bullard Law events. She speaks on a variety of topics including auditing employment practices, employment policies and procedures, employment agreements, workplace investigations, disability discrimination, state and federal family leave laws, hiring, termination, sexual harassment, as well as federal and state discrimination laws.
 
In addition to her work as a litigator for employers, Lisa is recognized in the legal community for her work handling numerous arbitrations and mediations.  Lisa is a licensed arbitrator and mediator, and she has served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association since 2013.
 
A frequent speaker, Lisa provides advice and training on a variety of topics including auditing employment practices, employment policies and procedures, employment agreements, disability discrimination, state and federal family leave laws, hiring, termination, sexual harassment, as well as federal and state discrimination laws. She has the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell for her legal abilities and professional ethics. Lisa has also been selected for the Federal Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section’s executive committee as Chair Elect.
 
In her free time, Lisa enjoys hiking in search of wildflowers, adventure traveling and spending time with her three sons, her dog Rusty and her two cats.

2017

  • Internal Investigations - HR Training Center, February 2017

2016

  •  Internal Investigations - HR Training Center, April and October 2016

2015

  • Ban the Box, Marijuana, New Sick Leave, DOT OT Rules - Tillamook Regional Medical Center, October 2015
  • Risk Management Lessons from the Litigation Battlefield - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2015
  • Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying in the Workplace - Tillamook Regional Medical Center, February 2015

2014

  • Documentation Guidelines & Procedures - Tillamook Regional Medical Center, November 2014
  • Risk Management in the Employment Relationship - Bureau of Labor and Industries 30th Annual Employment Law Conference, November 2014
  • The Interplay between FMLA, Workers’ Compensation and the ADA - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2014

2013

  • ADA Updates - Bureau of Labor and Industries, December 2013
  • Contract Attorneys: Managing Expectations and Getting Paid - Oregon Women Lawyers, November 2013
  • Employment Law for Attorney Employers - Clackamas Women Lawyers, November 2013
  • Auditing Your Employment Practices - Oregon Restaurant Lodging Association, October 2013
  • Under Investigation: A Guide to Conducting Workplace Investigations - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Law Briefing, October 2013
  • So You Have Been Sued: Understanding the Litigation Process for Human Resource Professionals, Managers and Supervisors - Bullard Workshop, August 2013

2012

  • Independent Contractor or Employee? Why does it Matter? -  Bureau of Labor and Industries 28th Annual Employment Law Conference, November 2012
  • Social Media in the Workplace -  Blue Mountain Human Resources Management Association, October 2012
  • Hiring, Firing, and Employment Law - Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Annual Convention, September 2012

2011

  • Separation of Employment - National Business Institute, December 2011
  • Internal Investigations - National Business Institute, December 2011
  • Sexual Harassment: Strategies for Prevention - Bureau of Labor and Industries 27th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2011
  • Performance Evaluations & Disciplinary Actions - Morrison Child & Family Services, November 2011
  • Tips and Traps - Oregon State Bar, November 2011
  • Don’t Let Your Business Drown in the Rising Tide of Employment Lawsuits - Women in Business, October 2011
  • The Role of Alternative Dispute Resolution in State v. Federal Court - National Business Institute, October 2011
  • Top 10 Mistakes When Drafting an Employee Handbook -  Portland Human Resource Management Association, Special Interest Group, October 2011
  • Top 10 Employer Mistakes Resulting in Litigation and How to Avoid Them - Bullard Roundtable, August and September 2011
  • Employment Law for Law Firms - Oregon State Bar, September 2011
  • Litigation Training for New Attorneys - Direct and Cross Exam - Professional Liability Fund Conference, August 2011
  • Has Your Business Had Its Annual Law Employment Checkup? - Tualatin Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting, July 2011
  • The New ADA Regulations - Oregon Law Institute of Lewis & Clark Law School 2011 Annual Employment Law Update, June 2011
  • Disability Law Class - Willamette Law School, April 2011
  • Mental Health Records; Confidentiality of Medical Records; Responding to Subpoenas - Medical Education Services-Professional Development Network, April 2011
  • Responding to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission & State Agency Charges - Bullard Roundtable, April 2011
  • Harassment, Disciplinary Action and Discharge; ADA and FMLA - Metro Sergeants Academy, March 2011

2010

  • Protecting Employers and Human Resources Managers - Bureau of Labor and Industries 26th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2010
  • EEOC & BOLI Claims “Responding to EEOC and State Agency Charges” - National Business Institute, November 2010
  • Legal Issues in Behavioral Health in Oregon - Medical Education Services-Professional Development Network, April 2010
  • So, You are Going to be Deposed…Now What? - Bullard Boot Camp, March 2010
  • Employee Handbooks, March 2010
  • Auditing Your HR Practices, January and February 2010

2009

  • Auditing Your HR Practices - Bureau of Labor and Industries 25th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2009
  • Employment Litigation - Bullard Annual Labor and Employment Briefing,October 2009 
  • Auditing Your Employment Practices in Times of Economic Uncertainty - Bullard Workshop, July 2009
  • Record Keeping for Employers - Bullard Boot Camp, March 2009

2008

  • Privacy Issues in the Workplace/Legal Hiring/Discipline and Discharge/Multi-Generational Workforce - Bureau of Labor and Industries 24th Annual Employment Law Conference, December 2008
  • Recordkeeping for Employers - HR That Works Webinar, October and November 2008
  • Morrison Child & Family Services Brown Bag Lunch (Regular Series), September 2008
  • What Happens When You Are Sued? How to Survive a Lawsuit and Learn from the Experience - Bullard Workshop, August 2008
  • Reductions in Force - Worklaw Webinar, April 2008

2007

  • Proactive Measures Equate to Safeguards - National Business Institute, December 2007
Notable Cases
  • Medlock v. Safeway, summary judgment in U.S. District Court, Case No. CV 09-1236-HU
  • Bremmer v. Safeway, summary judgment in Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 0810-15431
  • Houston v. Safeway, summary judgment in Multnomah County Circuit Court Case No. 080507682
  • Elek v. Safeway Inc., summary judgment in U.S. District Court, District of Oregon Case No. CV 07-6219-TC
  • Gendron v. Safeway, Inc., Tillamook County Circuit Court Civil Case No. 000-2034; summary judgment on class action
  • Roskowski v. Corvallis Police Officers Association, summary judgment in U.S. District Court Case No. CV 00474-AS
  • Ledbury v. Safeway Inc., summary judgment in Deschutes County Case No. 04 CV 0225 ST
  • Whitney v. Safeway Inc., summary judgment in U.S. District Court Case No.: 3-02-01714-AI
  • Klar v. Safeway Inc., summary judgment; Johnson v. Care Medical Equipment, U.S. District Court Case No. CV 03-175 MO

Arbitration Matters​
  • Sanderson v. Petal Pusher/Meyers, April 2016
  • Markee Valuations v. Ensminger/Alpine Payment Systems, March 2016
  • Earp v. Quinstreet, Inc./Seevers, December 2015
  • Cathey v. Blackhawk Network, August 2015
  • Sainfort v. Chipman, June 2015
  • Kivel & Howard v. Sterling Furniture Company, March 2015
  • Pearlstein v. Rare Quality/Hardesty, January 2015
  • Gayle/Gayle v. H&R Block, January 2015
  • Kimball v. U-Haul Company of Oregon, March 2014
  • Hill v. Stephens, February 2014
  • Vanderhouwen & Associates v. Evergreen International, December 2013
  • UniFirst Corporation v. A&S Auto Sales, October 2013
  • B-4 Logistics v. Star Light Carriers, October 2013
  • Rivas v. H&R Block, July 2013
  • Resnick v. AT&T Mobility, February 2013
  • Taylor v. Slinde Nelson Stanford, November 2012
  • McMillan v. Li Ning USA, October 2012
  • Myss v. Bottini, September 2012
  • Gospodinovic v. Naito, March 2011
  • Cetina v. Filter LLC, November 2009
  • McFerrian & Johnson v. Murphy, July 2009
  • Roth/Brown v. Columbia River Bank, May 2009
  • Lloyd v. Go, July 2008
  • Asadouorian v. Kuni German Motors, February 2008